An Amtrak train derailed during it journey in Dupont, Pierce County. Emergency services have been deployed to the scene. An airlift helicopter is on its way to save potential trapped passengers, according to the local KIRO 7.
The local sheriff has tweeted saying that there have been casualties as well as injuries. However, the exact number is unknown.
“We are aware of an incident involving Amtrak train 501,” the rail operator wrote on Twitter. “We will update with additional details as they become available.”
The authorities are currently treating it as a “Mass Casualty Incident”.
Chris Karnes, a passenger who survived, said that nine passengers were forced to kick out train windows to exit, due to the emergency doors not working properly.
“We had just passed the city of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve,” Karnes said, as quoted by CBS News. “All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill. The next thing we know, we’re being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there’s water gushing out of the train. People were screaming.”
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